Daylight saving time Facts
Practice of advancing clocks so that evenings have more daylight and mornings have less
- In general, clocks are adjusted forward one hour near the start of spring and are adjusted backward in autumn.
- The idea of DST was first mentioned by Benjamin Franklin in 1784.
- Modern idea of DST was proposed in 1895 by George Vernon Hudson.
- It was first implemented during the World War I.
- In 1916, Germans used DST to conserve coal during wartime.
- British and other European allies followed Germany in using DST the same year but Russia and few other countries used it the next year.
- United States began using DST since 1918.
- Most of Canada use DST except Saskatchewan and parts of northeastern British Columbia.
- It wasn't until 1996 that Mexico adopted DST.
- Most countries near the equator don't deviate from standard time.
- China, which spans five time zones, is always eight hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time and it does not observe DST.
- Japan used DST after World War II by the U.S. occupation. In 1952 it was abandoned because of strong opposition by Japanese farmers.